Following a series of leaks, Nintendo announced Ryu from the Street Fighter series is officially joining the battle in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U.
Inspired by his Street Fighter 2 form, his fighting style will be slightly upgraded. In the Street Fighter 2 game there were six buttons to execute moves, now there’s only two. However, this will not lower his move set.
Crouching attacks will have Light, Medium and Heavy versions which depends on how the moves are activated and how long the button is held and pressed. Players can use completely new moves, from light to heavy by holding the button longer. Rapidly tapped the button will create a chain of attacks or holding the button longer will create one strong attack. There will also be a Weak Side Attack or a Strong Side Attack.
An array of familiar Street Fighter moves will be on hand, such as:
- Collarbone Breaker: Shield breaking move
- Joudan Sokutogeri: Side Smash Attack
Ryu’s strength will come from his combo attacks, which include new and familiar moves. Hadouken, Shoryuken and Shakunetsu Hadouken will have the original command. There’s also the Hurricane Kick, which can be used to destroy an opponent and for movement in case a player falls off a platform.
Ryu will have two final smashes, which is a first in in the series.
Lastly, the game will feature a Ryu stage called Suzaku Castle, which will appear in both the Wii U and 3DS versions. The right side of the stage will provide for stable footing while the left side will have smaller separated platforms.
When it comes to music, Ryu will have his original theme background music. During battle the music theme will switch when a player is near the end of the battle, also a first for the series.
In the Wii U version, Ken’s original stage theme music is included as well as a remixed version. There’s even a remix of Ryu stage theme arranged by Yoko Shimomura.
Fighter Ryu and Stage Suzaku Castle are available today (Sunday at 11:00 a.m. EDT) for Wii U and 3DS separately for $5.99 and WiiU/3DS for $6.99.
As a surprise (which somehow managed to not be leaked) a Ryu Amiibo is currently in development.